Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu

Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu

John Updike on Ted Williams

Book - 2010
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Penguin Putnam
On September 28, 1960—a day that will live forever in the hearts of fans—Red Sox slugger Ted Williams stepped up to the plate for his last at-bat in Fenway Park. Seizing the occasion, he belted a solo home run—a storybook ending to a storied career.

In the stands that afternoon was twenty-eight-year-old John Updike, inspired by the moment to make his lone venture into the field of sports reporting. More than just a matchless account of that fabled final game, Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu is a brilliant evocation of Williams’ entire tumultuous life in baseball.

Now, on the fiftieth anniversary of the dramatic exit of baseball’s greatest hitter, The Library of America presents a commemorative edition of Hub Fans, prepared by the author just months before his death. To the classic final version of the essay, long out-of-print, Updike added an autobiographical preface and a substantial new afterword.

Baker & Taylor
Presents the author's classic account of watching Ted Williams's last game at Fenway Park, along with a posthumorous article that pays tribute to his career achievements and life after retiring from baseball.

Publisher: New York : Library of America, c2010
ISBN: 9781598530711
Branch Call Number: 796.357 UPD
Characteristics: xiii, 47 p. ;,20 cm.


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Jan 02, 2012

Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu is a transcendent tribute to baseball and one of its most vivid and accomplished figures, as captured by one of America's most legendary authors. As the author expresses it in tribute to the athlete, that truly "crowds the throat with joy" ... and fills the heart and brings tears to the eyes, to boot.

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Apr 21, 2011

A lovely tribute to Boston Red Sox slugger Ted Williams, first published about 50 years ago in The New Yorker. Inspired by watching Williams' final game at Fenway, Updike offers great insights into Williams' love-hate relationship with both fans and the media.

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